Purdue has made the top five schools of Isaac Haas, a 2014 center prospect from Alabama. The senior-to-be is 7-foot-2, 276 pounds and averaged 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game last winter as a junior. Purdue has been increasingly interested in center prospects for the 2014 class, as the likelihood that A.J. Hammons departs after this season or his junior season seems ever-increasing.
Haas is rated as a four-star prospect by most scouting services, including Rivals and ESPN. Rivals currently has him ranked as the No. 58 player in the country for his class. Scout says he is the No. 12 center recruit in the 2014 class.
As of yesterday, reports were that UAB is Haas' current leader, likely due to their in-state location. However he will visit Purdue the week of Aug. 24, and you'd like to think the Boilers are the biggest "basketball school" ranked among his top five. If Hammons were to leave - and presumably be a first-round pick, that might show Haas what Purdue can offer. Hopefully he will see the opportunity to play every game on national television (save for the two games Big Ten Network puts online behind a paywall every season) and the opportunity to prove himself that the Big Ten presents and start to feel better about leaving the south.
Purdue currently has only one commit for the 2014 class, shooter Dakota Mathias. Forward Vince Edwards is one name the Boilers are hoping to add to the class along with a center and another player.